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      Reef Keeper

      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Arothron hispidus
      Max. size: 50.0 cm TL (male/unsexed); max. published weight: 2,010 g
      Environment: reef-associated; non-migratory; brackish; marine ; depth range 3 - 50 m
      Gazetteer Indo-Pacific: Red Sea and East Africa to Panama, north to southern Japan and the Hawaiian Islands, south to Lord Howe and Rapa islands; throughout Micronesia. Eastern Pacific: Baja California ad the Gulf of California to Panama.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 10-11; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 10-11. The body is generally greenish-brown in color, the back, sides and caudal fin profusely speckled with white spots, and the belly marked with white bars. A single bent lateral line. Body with small spines except around snout and caudal peduncle. Each nostril with two fleshy solid tentacles. Restricted gill opening.
      Biology: Inhabits outer reef slopes to depths of at least 50 m, inner reef flats and lagoons. Juveniles common in weedy areas of estuaries. Usually solitary and territorial on sandy to rubble areas. Feeds on fleshy, calcareous, or coralline algae, detritus, mollusks, tunicates, sponges, corals, zoanthid anemones, crabs, tube worms and echinoderms
      Aquarium Care:Has a temperature range of 72 to 82°F (22 - 28°C) and feeds upon benthic invertebrate, corals and sponges. Requires an enriched mostly meaty diet, e.g., brine shrimp, krill, earthworms, tubifex, worms, chunky fish and shrimp flesh and should also have some fresh greens to graze upon. They may graze upon coralline algae and not safe with tubeworms and/or, can become a fin-nipper. Require numerous daily feedings and plenty of swimming space. Will eat smaller fishes. Provide a large cave to rest in when needed
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